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International Press Circle

We are organising a press event for journalists and representatives of industry associations on the day before the opening, on 23 September 2024. The International Press Circle offers a one-hour networking brunch where journalists can exchange ideas for their media coverage with association representatives in short slots. The press office will coordinate the requests in advance. Following the International Press Circle, the World Innovation Press Tour will take place exclusively for media representatives before the start of InnoTrans and will showcase new products at the world's only track and open-air exhibition centre.

The International Press Circle will take place on:

Monday, 23 September 2024 at 11 a.m., Press Centre in Hall 6.3


10.30 a.m. Arrival of guests and journalists

11.00 a.m. Welcome speeches by Dirk Hoffmann, COO of Messe Berlin, and the associations (VDB, UNIFE, VDV, ZVEI und DVF)

11.20 a.m. Networking brunch

12.00 p.m. World Innovation Press Tour

14.00 p.m. Conclusion


Sarah Starke, CEO, VDB
Enno Wiebe, General Director, UNIFE
Martin Schmitz, CEO Technology, VDV
Dr. Gunther Kegel, Präsident, ZVEI
Dr. Heike van Hoorn, CEO, DVF

Participating Associations:

ABIFER (Associação Brasileira da Indústria Ferroviária): Vicente Abate, President
ALAF (Asociation Latinoamericana de Ferrocarriles): José Villafañe, General Secretary
ARIA (African Rail Industry Association): Mesela Kope-Nhlapo, CEO
DVF (Deutsches Verkehrsforum): Dr. Heike van Hoorn, CEO
International Monorail Association: Marko Krönke, President
IRCG (International Rail Catering Group): Christian Hölbl, President
MAFEX (Spanish Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Equipment and Services for the Railway Industry): Pedro Fortea, CEO
PFP (Associação da Plataforma Ferroviária Portuguesa): Paulo Duarte, Executive Director
UNIFE (European Railways Industries): Enno Wiebe, General Director
VDB (Verband der Bahnindustrie in Deutschland e.V.): Sarah Stark, CEO
VDV (Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen): Martin Schmitz, CEO
ZVEI (Verband der Elektro- und Digitalindustrie): Azar Mortale, Head of Mobility, Dr. Gunther Kegel, President

International Press Circle